Four Panel Friday (on Sunday): Jeff Smith’s Bone


Hilarity ensues

“Roughs” from Jeff Smith’s Bone. Probably the most polished roughs in history.

As a kid, catching a glimpse of a cartoonist’s rough pages provided endless inspiration and encouragement.

My mind melted when I discovered perfect panels didn’t immediately flow from the brushes of master cartoonists.

From: The Art of Bone

By: Jeff Smith

Four Panel Friday (on Saturday): The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952


First seen in circulation February 52′

Could this strip be inspired from Schulz’s childhood? His father did own a barbershop in Minnesota.

Or taken from his own weekly visits to the barber?

The line Yes, sir, “It pays to look well” is subtle but real. I’ve never had my hair cut during the 1950’s, but that sounds like true old timey barber-speak to me.

From: The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Vol. 1)

By: Charles M. Schulz

Four Panel Friday: Marvel Comics Star Wars #11 – Star Search!


Two horizontal panels, two vertical panels. In case you’re keeping track.

Long before Disney owned Marvel Comics and Star Wars, Marvel Comics Group held the publishing rights to Star Wars comics.

Then shit got weird – for Han Solo in particular.

In this expanded universe Han meets a space rabbit named Jaxxon, wields a light sabre, teams up with a man dressed up in a Chewbacca Halloween costume, and rescues a bald librarian Jedi wannabe named Don-Wan from an intergalactic dinosaur.

Like we said. Shit got weird.

From: Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago… Vol. 1

By: Archie Goodwin, Carmine Infantino, Terry Austin

Four Panel Friday (on Saturday): A Spirit Layout


Mr. Q predicts the future.

A Four Panel Friday first – layouts instead of completed work. This from an unpublished Spirit story titled: The Cigar.

Important note – Klaus Nordling drew these layouts, not Will Eisner.

Good example of solid panel framing here. Nordling goes from a relative close up of Mr. Q, to framing him between the two henchman. Sweet stache’ on the driver too.

From: Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel

By: Paul Levitz

Four Panel Friday: Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon -This Savage World


Plan B

It’s wild.

Savage Dragon was an idea from Erik Larsen’s youth that grew with him into adulthood.

Larsen’s Dragon cracked apart the general superhero story in two ways. (I’m sure there’s more than 2, but for now…)

Savage Dragon is a police officer. The typical super hero trope is a masked gymnast turned vigilante.

Chicago is Dragon’s home. Chicago isn’t as hipster cool as say, Des Moines, Iowa. But it also isn’t New York City, Metropolis, Gotham, Queens or any other NY alias that every other superhero pays crazy rent to live in.

From: This Savage World (Savage Dragon, Vol. 15)

By Eric Larsen